Summer is finally here!
We hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter, which addresses the opportunities summer affords families to get out of their usual routines and take time to enjoy summer activities. So much of the school year is devoted to the “therapy cycle”, in addition to the demands of school programming. It is easy to overlook downtime, which can be a struggle for children who need structure and routine, but nonetheless can open an opportunity to learn something new about a child, or allow your family to connect in a novel setting or activity. Happy June!
When we look back on this past year, and the many Navigator families we have engaged, I am continually humbled by the challenges so many have overcome and their persistence in always making life better for their affected family member. We are honored to work side by side with so many. Our articles in this newsletter provide a glimpse of what many struggle with.
As another year passes, we know that many parents are consumed with overwhelming concerns about their child’s well-being once they are gone. Financial planning becomes critical and information about MiAble and Special Needs Trusts can be empowering in this regard. We hope the information in this issue is valuable to you and the families you serve.
Wishing all of you a very happy holiday season from your AAoM family.
Colleen Allen, Ph.D.,
President and CEO, Autism Alliance of MI
Governor Appointee, MI Autism Council